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BRANCHVILLE - The Indiana Department of Correction, in partnership with the Indiana Sheriffs' Association, is launching a new automated system to alert residents living near Branchville Correctional Facility and nearly two dozen other state correctional centers to public-safety emergencies.
The new service, announced last week, will keep residents informed of prison escapes, environmental hazards or other emergencies.
Residents must register for the service by calling toll-free, (866) 949-2537. Callers wanting to be alerted to emergencies at Branchville Correctional Facility will be required to give their telephone numbers and the facility's ZIP code, 47514. Cell-phone numbers will be accepted.
In the event of an escape, all registrants will receive detailed information about the escapee, including a physical description and the time of the escape. The automated calls will also relay specific information on other emergencies that could impact residents.
The service is funded by a federal grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance.
"This continues our commitment to ensure the safety of citizens living near one of our adult and juvenile facilities," said Department of Correction Commissioner J. David Donahue. "We work very hard to keep our facilities safe for everyone. This new service makes it possible for us to alert citizens at a moment's notice if problems arise."
Before the new service was launched, correctional facilities relied on news media and local law enforcement to get the word to nearby residents about an escape.
Branchville Correctional Facility houses 1,300 male offenders. Officials recently announced that an electrified fence and new floodlights will be added.
ZIP codes for other DOC facilities can be downloaded at www.in.gov/indcorrection.